Kind of genius: Pat and Una McDonagh, directors of the Barack Obama Plaza. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

Barack Obama Plaza. It resonates. It echoes through the ages. It smells of Supermac’s. There is a kind of genius behind the motorway service station o(...)

German’s Angela Merkel claims accolade for fourth year in a row: Photograph: Christoph Schmidt/EPA

Forbes magazine has ranked Germany’s Angela Merkel the most powerful woman in the world for the fourth year in a row in the annual list dominated by p(...)

People participate in a “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign demonstration and candlelight vigil, held on Mother’s Day in Los Angeles yesterday. Photograph: Phil McCarten/ Reuters

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday international military and intelligence assistance made him optimistic about finding 200 schoolgir(...)

A woman demands  the release of more than 200 abducted secondary schoolgirls during a protest in the remote village of Chibok in Abuja, Nigeria yesterday. Photograph:  Joe Penney/Reuters

France has offered to host a summit with Nigeria and its neighbours focused on Islamist militant group Boko Haram, President François Hollande said(...)

Nigerian teachers and students protest over the Nigerian government’s failure to rescue the abducted Chibok school girls, in Owerri, Nigeria yesterday. Photograph: EPA

US first lady Michelle Obama took the rare step of delivering her husband president Barack Obama’s weekly radio address today to express outrage over(...)

Hollywood actors including Justin Timberlake, Sean Penn, Ashton Kutcher and Bradley Cooper have coined their own parallel hashtag reminding fans that #RealMenDontBuyGirls. Photograph: The Demi and Ashton Foundation 

The #BringBackOurGirls hashtag has been tweeted over 1 million times since it was first used two weeks ago calling for the release for over 200 girls (...)

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. Photograph: Angelika Warmuth/AFP/Getty Images

‘What will I wear?” is one of the questions most women ask themselves when faced with a job interview, negotiation, media appearance or conference.(...)


Jimmy Lyons had ventured further than most Irishmen when he worked as a sea captain for the Blue Funnel Line in Singapore in the early 1900s. B(...)

US first lady Michelle Obama: visiting China this week with her daughters, Malia and Sasha, and her mother Marian Robinson. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Deepening relations between the world’s two biggest economies is expected to be the main purpose of a visit t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny starts his annual St Patrick’s Day visit to the United States today during which he will meet US president Barack Obama at the White House tomorrow morning. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny starts his annual St Patrick’s Day visit to the United States today during which he will meet US president Barack Obama at(...)